'Speed Shooting' adoptions in Petsmart with GH2 pics

Discussion in 'Panasonic Cameras' started by flaxseedoil1000, Jan 31, 2012.

  1. flaxseedoil1000

    flaxseedoil1000 Mu-43 Regular

    Mar 10, 2011
    We do adoptions in Petsmart every weekend. It's my one chance to get pics of all the new critters as many stay in various foster homes during the week.

    I can easily have over 30 new to take, so I have to do it as fast as possible.

    Previously it was with an FZ-18, which meant I had to use flash and got my fair share of closed eyes, red eye, bad white balance, etc..

    Now it's the GH2. 20mm, no flash, auto wb and mostly wide open at f/1.7.

    JPEG small to keep the file size down, then a preset in LR3 that does auto wb and tone control and sharpening and nr on import.

    I use spot focus and aim for the eyes. Focus speed is fine unless it's really low contrast, like a black cat in a dark crate or a white dog against the white wall.

    I have played with various ISO's and settled on 1600 to keep the shutter speed up. Some critters pose great, others won't hold still.

    I did try the Oly 45mm but I really have to back up compared to the 20mm and folks end up in the way.

    First couple are with the 45mm, the rest with the 20mm:

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  2. Ned

    Ned Mu-43 Legend

    Jul 18, 2010
    Alberta, Canada
    I <3 Petsmart!
    It's my favorite place to hang...
  3. shnitz

    shnitz Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Aug 25, 2011
    Austin, TX
    Awesome awesome awesome awesome photos. Each shot is different, which really creates a different character for each animal. It seems like the lighting doesn't really change shot-to-shot, is that correct? If so, you can always just do a custom white balance off of a gray card. That gray cat looks just about perfect.

    Also, if you want a bit more depth of field, you could always use a shoe-mounted flash with an omni-bounce or similar reflector, softbox, etc. This could also keep your shutter speeds up. You wouldn't even need to meter independently for each shot, as it seems like you're shooting in a place that doesn't have lighting changes, so even a cheapo manual flash seems like it would work. Just set the camera to f/2.8, 1/80s, ISO 800, flash at whatever power level like 1/8 power, and shoot away. It would help with the fuzzy noses in your dog pics. The focal length is just about perfect though. All of the accomplished baby photographers are usually using a 50mm lens on full frame, so don't worry that you can't use your 45mm. The 20mm is more than capable for your needs.
  4. ripleys baby

    ripleys baby Straw clutcher

    Aug 10, 2011
    Seeing those pictures makes me glad i adopted my two.
    I hope they all find homes soon.

    Good work :bravo-009:
  5. flaxseedoil1000

    flaxseedoil1000 Mu-43 Regular

    Mar 10, 2011
    Thx, I have a Metz 50 AF-1 and a Flash Bender.

    Works great, issue is I burst shoot in store. Helps with the ones that won't hold still and keep moving their heads back and forth.